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Where to Eat and Drink in Logan Square

One of Chicago’s strongest dining neighborhoods keeps getting better

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It doesn’t get much hipper than Logan Square. In addition to seeing big-time rises in restaurants and bars in recent years, this neighborhood teems with tree-lined boulevards and a bustling and creative restaurant and bar scene. Milwaukee Avenue in particular has become a major artery for quality food and drink. While there’s no shortage of coffee shops, Logan Square is about more than caffeine. Here are Eater Chicago’s best best for eat and drink in one of Chicago’s most interesting dining destinations.

As of March 2, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 50 people — whichever is fewer. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. L' Patron

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3749 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 799-8066
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Many taco superfans have long thought L’Patron offers the city’s best, and those opinions haven’t changed since it moved to a new location on Fullerton Avenue in 2016. The casual, ever-popular taqueria is acclaimed for its steak, fish, al pastor and more, and also offers sides and non-alcoholic beverages in a counter-service space.

2. Flat & Point

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3524 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 904-7152
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Flat & Point uses its smoker as the literal engine for the entire restaurant with smoked meats providing the foundation for many of the “Alpine-inspired” restaurants. Diners will find the occasional barbecue special, but the restaurant is more about creative vegetables, sandwiches, and pastas. Open for delivery and carry out.

3. Park & Field

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3509 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-7373
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Logan Square’s unique retro sports bar sets itself apart with an upscale American bar menu and wide selection of local craft beers. Regardless how one feels about sports, customers will have a good time in a well-placed seat near the fire pits in front.

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4. Friendship Chinese Restaurant

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2830 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-0970
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A longtime staple on Milwaukee Avenue, this Chinese-American stalwart offers a thoughtful and thorough menu of dim sum, noodles, and fried rice that will likely be familiar to most local diners. It’s hard to go wrong, but many of the lesser-seen items are also among the best. Keep an eye out for options like bon bon wonton noodles and “Barbarian” steak with five-spice crispy onions. It’s their take on Mongolian beef with a more truthful description.

Perfect Sunday dinner plans?- -modern Chinese cuisine and drinks! We’re open till 10pm!

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5. Jibaritos y Mas

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3400 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 799-8601
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Jibaritos — Chicago’s famous Puerto Rican-inspired sandwiches that feature steak or beef, tomatoes, lettuce, and garlicky mayo sandwiched between fried green plantains — are among the city’s greatest food inventions; Jibaritos y Mas is one of its foremost local purveyors. Owner Jesus Arrieta adds his own spin by offering proteins such as pork, octopus, and chicken, and adding minced garlic to the top of each sandwich for extra zing.

A halved jibarito and pile of Puerto Rican rice on a white plate. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

6. Longman & Eagle

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2657 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL
(773) 276-7110
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Inspired by Chicago’s rich history of inns, this gathering spot offers it all under one roof: bar, restaurant, and upstairs hotel. The venue recently reopened following a period of pandemic winter hibernation with an abbreviated menu that includes a wild boar sloppy joe (aged cheddar, pickled jalapeno, crispy onions) and a smoked pastrami-style salmon Reuben (sauerkraut, Swiss, pickles, house dressing, griddled rye). It also offers an expansive collection of whiskey, including rare and vintage finds. 

Bar interior with lots of wood and stools
Longman & Eagle remains a neighborhood beacon.
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7. Lula Café

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2537 N Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL
(773) 489-9554
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Chef-owner Jason Hammel opened up this neighborhood favorite back in 1999, bringing with it a meticulous commitment to local fare a la new American plates. The restaurant has turned into a takeout-only operation during the pandemic, with staff putting out luscious brunch and dinner boxes for at-home enjoyment.

A storefront inside a brick building from the street. White curtains are visible through a large window and a sign overhead reads “Lula Cafe.”
Lula has some of the most sought-after tables in the city.
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8. Billy Sunday

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3143 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL
(773) 661-2485
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This acclaimed bar and restaurant offers cocktails with a culinary twist. A list featuring ingredients like black trumpet mushrooms, huckleberry, and smoked malt prompts curiosities and often second rounds alike. Pair it all up with locally-sourced bites like tomato-thyme popcorn, duck rillettes, and roasted asparagus.    

A narrow, brightly-lit bar space
The bar is named for teetotaling evangelist and baseball player Billy Sunday.
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9. Superkhana International

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3059 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-9028
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This colorful spot for modern Indian cusine made a big splash when it opened in 2019, and has continued to mature and even flourish in the midst of a pandemic. Fans come back again and again for fluffy, chewy “Indian-ish” calzones (stuffed with either butter chicken or aloo matar (peas, potatoes, amul cheese, methi dust), achaari pulled pork sandwiches (tamarind chutney), and more. Ace pastry chef Sarah Lustbader has recently set up residency with her Loaf Lounge, a virtual bakery. Customers can use the pick-up window to grab a loaf and some chai.

A baked and folded naan bread pocket on a blue and white plate stuffed with orange butter chicken sauce. Nick Fochtman/Eater Chicago

10. Daisies

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2523 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-1671
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This casual restaurant on Milwaukee Avenue offers an array of creative pasta dishes, small plates, and fun brunch items backed with ingredients sourced from chef and owner Joe Frillman’s family farm. Tasting menus, a terrific wine and cocktail list, and a patio make it a neighborhood hotspot. It recently reopened for indoor dining.

11. BiXi Beer

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2515 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 904-7368
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Chef Bo Fowler’s Asian-influenced brewpub has established itself as a neighborhood favorite, serving a smart and playful menu that includes springy noodles, Italian beef-inspired bao, spicy fried chicken sandwiches, and bacon cheeseburgers. Beer fans will find a selection of house drafts with plenty of nerdy nods, like the +1 Wit of Refreshment with calamansi. The bi-level space even includes a partially-covered roof deck for dreary days. Fowler is also behind English-style pub Owen & Engine.

A dimly lit bar with a black and white mural. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

12. Estereo

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2450 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL
(773) 360-8363
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The Heisler team strikes again with this very popular neighborhood bar, a coffee shop-meets-cocktail corner spot that serves up Latin American and Caribbean-inspired drams, spirits, and beats. Drinks rotate seasonally and tend to feature no more than four ingredients, right down to the frozen cocktail on tap. It’s extremely popular in the summer, when windows swing open on both sides to let the breezes in.

Estereo
Estereo has big garage doors to keep the air flowing.
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13. Paulie Gee's Logan Square

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2451 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-1072
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This iconic Brooklyn-based pizzeria first landed in Chicago in 2016 and quickly garnered a loyal following. The shop is best known for its unique toppings and saucy names, including the “Lady Lola” (Italian tomatoes, kimchi, serrano peppers, green onions, guanciale, black and white sesame seeds, soy chili glaze), yet also makes a popular variation on Detroit-style pizza. The space features a full bar and two domed Stefano Ferrera ovens imported from Napoli, Italy. Local operator Derrick Tung has recently opened a second location in Wicker Park.

14. Easy Does It

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2354 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 420-9463
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While away an afternoon sipping natural wines on the sun-drenched patio at Easy Does It, the newish wine bar and bottle shop that’s replaced East Room on Milwaukee Avenue. It’s from the same owner, Zach Eastman, who aims to foster an inclusive atmosphere where everyone can learn and enjoy top-notch bottles from around the world.

A vacant lot with several picnic tables, and a overhang that protect from the rain. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

15. Bungalow by Middle Brow

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2840 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 687-9076
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Middle Brow Bungalow is more than just a brewpub. The restaurant as evolved into a delightful West Coast-inspired bakery with thin-crust pizzas and pastries. Look for breakfast sandwiches in the morning and find the operation’s breads at retail stores across the city.

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16. Dos Urban Cantina

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2829 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-6452
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Dos Urban has also evolved during the pandemic and now offers burritos and tacos in addition to its more ambitious Mexican food. The queso and tamal tots are also very satisfying snacks. No trip is complete without a slice of the indulgent chocolate or tres leches cakes.

17. Testaccio Chicago

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2456 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-6028
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A Roman-inspired retreat from restaurateur Aldo Zaninotto (Osteria Langhe), Testaccio whisks diners into a world of regional Italian delights with influences from Greek, Malta, Turkey, and Morocco. Ownership is at work on the hotly anticipated Soif Wine Lounge slated to open this spring in a basement space with French and Italian natural wines, cocktails, and small plates. Zaninotto also aims to unleash an Italian street food truck called Pizzica during the summer.

18. Landbirds

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2532 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 697-7107
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Landbirds is one of those rare operations utterly devoted to executing one dish to perfection. Luckily for Logan Square residents, that dish is lollipop-style, deep-fried chicken wings. The juicy, crispy bites are slathered in a choice of sauces — mild, medium, Tiger, and Spicy Tiger — beautifully tempered by a side of sticky rice.

19. Mi Tocaya Antojería

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2800 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL
(872) 315-3947
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Food fanatics have been racing to this popular spot, where chef and owner Diana Dávila has gained quick fandom for her clever riffs on antojos — traditional Mexican-style small plates (think tacos filled with beer can chicken or fried chicken and churros). For on point pairings, opt for any of the venue’s draft cocktails, including the Chicana with hibiscus, mezcal, gin, citrus chartreuse and maraschino.

A chef’s counter in front of an open kitchen painted with colorful leaves
Chef and owner Diana Dávila has created a festive retreat in Logan Square.
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20. The Boiler Room

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2210 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-5625
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Creative pizzas get top billing at this adventurous neighborhood pizzeria with options like Thai Serrano (thai cream cheese, mozzarella, provolone, serrano peppers, pulled chicken, sweet chili sauce, cilantro) and Mr. Nice Guy (coconut jerk curry sauce, mozzarella, provolone, blackened chicken, sweet bell peppers, red onion, pineapple). Traditionalists needn’t worry, as they have plenty of slices and pies to choose from.

21. Pretty Cool Ice Cream

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2353 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 697-4140
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Ice cream queen Dana Salls Cree never seems to run out of ideas for unusual new flavors to sling out of her bubblegum-pink storefront on California Avenue. Most staple pops and pints like strawberry shortcake, caramel horchata crunch, frozen hot chocolate, and cherry vanilla are available year-round. Stay alert for Cree’s quirky seasonal offering too, like Hanukkah noodle kugel and a springtime Peep Pops with marshmallow ice cream.

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22. Serai

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2169 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(872) 206-8368
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A local destination for South East Asian and Malaysian cuisine, Serai pulls off the tough task of appealing to both novices and experienced diners. Menu standouts include a rich and spicy curry laksa (barbecue pork, chicken, shrimp, fish ball, egg, tofu), nasi lemak (coconut rice, anchovies, onions, pickled salad, achar, fried egg), and pulut hitam (black glutenous rice porridge, coconut milk) for dessert. Owner Victor Low also operates newish spot Kapitan, Chicago’s only Peranakan restaurant.

23. Maplewood Brewery & Distillery

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2717 N Maplewood Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 270-1061
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This charming, pint-sized brewery serves its award-winning beers at the end of a quiet block where Diversey and the Kennedy Expressway meet. Hits include Son of Juice IPA, Charlatan pale ale, and Brownie Points, a seasonal brown ale. Patrons can also sip cocktails made with Maplewood liquors. The brewery has mini-greenhouses for outdoor seating outside.

24. Kyōten

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2507 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(312) 678-0800
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Austin, Texas-based omakase spot Kyōten only provides eight counter spots for those willing to pay $220 a pop, but offers some of the most remarkable techniques and ingredients in the city. It was a James Beard Award semifinalist nomination for Best New Restaurant this year, and chef and owner Otto Phan features fish imported from Japan. Phan plans to soon open his second restaurant, Hinoki Sushiko, along the Elston Industrial Corridor.

A bento box stuffed with various pieces of sushi with a ramekin of wasabi in the middle.
Kyoten shifted toward pricey bento boxes during the pandemic.
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25. Logan Arcade

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2410 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(872) 206-2859
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Video games, beer, booze, and a chill atmosphere come together at one of the city’s best under-the-radar arcade bars. Logan Arcade, an expansion of the now-closed record shop next door, offers “the best-maintained and largest public collection of pinball and video games in Chicago,” as well as a large and oft-changing beer list and a full bar.

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1. L' Patron

3749 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Many taco superfans have long thought L’Patron offers the city’s best, and those opinions haven’t changed since it moved to a new location on Fullerton Avenue in 2016. The casual, ever-popular taqueria is acclaimed for its steak, fish, al pastor and more, and also offers sides and non-alcoholic beverages in a counter-service space.

3749 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

2. Flat & Point

3524 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Flat & Point uses its smoker as the literal engine for the entire restaurant with smoked meats providing the foundation for many of the “Alpine-inspired” restaurants. Diners will find the occasional barbecue special, but the restaurant is more about creative vegetables, sandwiches, and pastas. Open for delivery and carry out.

3524 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

3. Park & Field

3509 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Nick Fochtman/Eater Chicago

Logan Square’s unique retro sports bar sets itself apart with an upscale American bar menu and wide selection of local craft beers. Regardless how one feels about sports, customers will have a good time in a well-placed seat near the fire pits in front.

3509 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Friendship Chinese Restaurant

2830 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

A longtime staple on Milwaukee Avenue, this Chinese-American stalwart offers a thoughtful and thorough menu of dim sum, noodles, and fried rice that will likely be familiar to most local diners. It’s hard to go wrong, but many of the lesser-seen items are also among the best. Keep an eye out for options like bon bon wonton noodles and “Barbarian” steak with five-spice crispy onions. It’s their take on Mongolian beef with a more truthful description.

2830 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Jibaritos y Mas

3400 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A halved jibarito and pile of Puerto Rican rice on a white plate. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Jibaritos — Chicago’s famous Puerto Rican-inspired sandwiches that feature steak or beef, tomatoes, lettuce, and garlicky mayo sandwiched between fried green plantains — are among the city’s greatest food inventions; Jibaritos y Mas is one of its foremost local purveyors. Owner Jesus Arrieta adds his own spin by offering proteins such as pork, octopus, and chicken, and adding minced garlic to the top of each sandwich for extra zing.

3400 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Longman & Eagle

2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL
Bar interior with lots of wood and stools
Longman & Eagle remains a neighborhood beacon.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Inspired by Chicago’s rich history of inns, this gathering spot offers it all under one roof: bar, restaurant, and upstairs hotel. The venue recently reopened following a period of pandemic winter hibernation with an abbreviated menu that includes a wild boar sloppy joe (aged cheddar, pickled jalapeno, crispy onions) and a smoked pastrami-style salmon Reuben (sauerkraut, Swiss, pickles, house dressing, griddled rye). It also offers an expansive collection of whiskey, including rare and vintage finds. 

2657 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL

7. Lula Café

2537 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL
A storefront inside a brick building from the street. White curtains are visible through a large window and a sign overhead reads “Lula Cafe.”
Lula has some of the most sought-after tables in the city.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Chef-owner Jason Hammel opened up this neighborhood favorite back in 1999, bringing with it a meticulous commitment to local fare a la new American plates. The restaurant has turned into a takeout-only operation during the pandemic, with staff putting out luscious brunch and dinner boxes for at-home enjoyment.

2537 N Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL

8. Billy Sunday

3143 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL
A narrow, brightly-lit bar space
The bar is named for teetotaling evangelist and baseball player Billy Sunday.
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

This acclaimed bar and restaurant offers cocktails with a culinary twist. A list featuring ingredients like black trumpet mushrooms, huckleberry, and smoked malt prompts curiosities and often second rounds alike. Pair it all up with locally-sourced bites like tomato-thyme popcorn, duck rillettes, and roasted asparagus.    

3143 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL

9. Superkhana International

3059 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A baked and folded naan bread pocket on a blue and white plate stuffed with orange butter chicken sauce. Nick Fochtman/Eater Chicago

This colorful spot for modern Indian cusine made a big splash when it opened in 2019, and has continued to mature and even flourish in the midst of a pandemic. Fans come back again and again for fluffy, chewy “Indian-ish” calzones (stuffed with either butter chicken or aloo matar (peas, potatoes, amul cheese, methi dust), achaari pulled pork sandwiches (tamarind chutney), and more. Ace pastry chef Sarah Lustbader has recently set up residency with her Loaf Lounge, a virtual bakery. Customers can use the pick-up window to grab a loaf and some chai.

3059 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. Daisies

2523 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

This casual restaurant on Milwaukee Avenue offers an array of creative pasta dishes, small plates, and fun brunch items backed with ingredients sourced from chef and owner Joe Frillman’s family farm. Tasting menus, a terrific wine and cocktail list, and a patio make it a neighborhood hotspot. It recently reopened for indoor dining.

2523 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

11. BiXi Beer

2515 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A dimly lit bar with a black and white mural. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Chef Bo Fowler’s Asian-influenced brewpub has established itself as a neighborhood favorite, serving a smart and playful menu that includes springy noodles, Italian beef-inspired bao, spicy fried chicken sandwiches, and bacon cheeseburgers. Beer fans will find a selection of house drafts with plenty of nerdy nods, like the +1 Wit of Refreshment with calamansi. The bi-level space even includes a partially-covered roof deck for dreary days. Fowler is also behind English-style pub Owen & Engine.

2515 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

12. Estereo

2450 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
Estereo
Estereo has big garage doors to keep the air flowing.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Heisler team strikes again with this very popular neighborhood bar, a coffee shop-meets-cocktail corner spot that serves up Latin American and Caribbean-inspired drams, spirits, and beats. Drinks rotate seasonally and tend to feature no more than four ingredients, right down to the frozen cocktail on tap. It’s extremely popular in the summer, when windows swing open on both sides to let the breezes in.

2450 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL

13. Paulie Gee's Logan Square

2451 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

This iconic Brooklyn-based pizzeria first landed in Chicago in 2016 and quickly garnered a loyal following. The shop is best known for its unique toppings and saucy names, including the “Lady Lola” (Italian tomatoes, kimchi, serrano peppers, green onions, guanciale, black and white sesame seeds, soy chili glaze), yet also makes a popular variation on Detroit-style pizza. The space features a full bar and two domed Stefano Ferrera ovens imported from Napoli, Italy. Local operator Derrick Tung has recently opened a second location in Wicker Park.

2451 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

14. Easy Does It

2354 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A vacant lot with several picnic tables, and a overhang that protect from the rain. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

While away an afternoon sipping natural wines on the sun-drenched patio at Easy Does It, the newish wine bar and bottle shop that’s replaced East Room on Milwaukee Avenue. It’s from the same owner, Zach Eastman, who aims to foster an inclusive atmosphere where everyone can learn and enjoy top-notch bottles from around the world.

2354 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

15. Bungalow by Middle Brow

2840 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Middle Brow Bungalow is more than just a brewpub. The restaurant as evolved into a delightful West Coast-inspired bakery with thin-crust pizzas and pastries. Look for breakfast sandwiches in the morning and find the operation’s breads at retail stores across the city.

2840 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

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16. Dos Urban Cantina

2829 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Dos Urban has also evolved during the pandemic and now offers burritos and tacos in addition to its more ambitious Mexican food. The queso and tamal tots are also very satisfying snacks. No trip is complete without a slice of the indulgent chocolate or tres leches cakes.

2829 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

17. Testaccio Chicago

2456 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

A Roman-inspired retreat from restaurateur Aldo Zaninotto (Osteria Langhe), Testaccio whisks diners into a world of regional Italian delights with influences from Greek, Malta, Turkey, and Morocco. Ownership is at work on the hotly anticipated Soif Wine Lounge slated to open this spring in a basement space with French and Italian natural wines, cocktails, and small plates. Zaninotto also aims to unleash an Italian street food truck called Pizzica during the summer.

2456 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

18. Landbirds

2532 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Landbirds is one of those rare operations utterly devoted to executing one dish to perfection. Luckily for Logan Square residents, that dish is lollipop-style, deep-fried chicken wings. The juicy, crispy bites are slathered in a choice of sauces — mild, medium, Tiger, and Spicy Tiger — beautifully tempered by a side of sticky rice.

2532 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

19. Mi Tocaya Antojería

2800 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL
A chef’s counter in front of an open kitchen painted with colorful leaves
Chef and owner Diana Dávila has created a festive retreat in Logan Square.
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

Food fanatics have been racing to this popular spot, where chef and owner Diana Dávila has gained quick fandom for her clever riffs on antojos — traditional Mexican-style small plates (think tacos filled with beer can chicken or fried chicken and churros). For on point pairings, opt for any of the venue’s draft cocktails, including the Chicana with hibiscus, mezcal, gin, citrus chartreuse and maraschino.

2800 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL

20. The Boiler Room

2210 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Creative pizzas get top billing at this adventurous neighborhood pizzeria with options like Thai Serrano (thai cream cheese, mozzarella, provolone, serrano peppers, pulled chicken, sweet chili sauce, cilantro) and Mr. Nice Guy (coconut jerk curry sauce, mozzarella, provolone, blackened chicken, sweet bell peppers, red onion, pineapple). Traditionalists needn’t worry, as they have plenty of slices and pies to choose from.

2210 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

21. Pretty Cool Ice Cream

2353 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Ice cream queen Dana Salls Cree never seems to run out of ideas for unusual new flavors to sling out of her bubblegum-pink storefront on California Avenue. Most staple pops and pints like strawberry shortcake, caramel horchata crunch, frozen hot chocolate, and cherry vanilla are available year-round. Stay alert for Cree’s quirky seasonal offering too, like Hanukkah noodle kugel and a springtime Peep Pops with marshmallow ice cream.

2353 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

22. Serai

2169 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

A local destination for South East Asian and Malaysian cuisine, Serai pulls off the tough task of appealing to both novices and experienced diners. Menu standouts include a rich and spicy curry laksa (barbecue pork, chicken, shrimp, fish ball, egg, tofu), nasi lemak (coconut rice, anchovies, onions, pickled salad, achar, fried egg), and pulut hitam (black glutenous rice porridge, coconut milk) for dessert. Owner Victor Low also operates newish spot Kapitan, Chicago’s only Peranakan restaurant.

2169 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

23. Maplewood Brewery & Distillery

2717 N Maplewood Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

This charming, pint-sized brewery serves its award-winning beers at the end of a quiet block where Diversey and the Kennedy Expressway meet. Hits include Son of Juice IPA, Charlatan pale ale, and Brownie Points, a seasonal brown ale. Patrons can also sip cocktails made with Maplewood liquors. The brewery has mini-greenhouses for outdoor seating outside.

2717 N Maplewood Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

24. Kyōten

2507 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A bento box stuffed with various pieces of sushi with a ramekin of wasabi in the middle.
Kyoten shifted toward pricey bento boxes during the pandemic.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Austin, Texas-based omakase spot Kyōten only provides eight counter spots for those willing to pay $220 a pop, but offers some of the most remarkable techniques and ingredients in the city. It was a James Beard Award semifinalist nomination for Best New Restaurant this year, and chef and owner Otto Phan features fish imported from Japan. Phan plans to soon open his second restaurant, Hinoki Sushiko, along the Elston Industrial Corridor.

2507 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

25. Logan Arcade

2410 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Video games, beer, booze, and a chill atmosphere come together at one of the city’s best under-the-radar arcade bars. Logan Arcade, an expansion of the now-closed record shop next door, offers “the best-maintained and largest public collection of pinball and video games in Chicago,” as well as a large and oft-changing beer list and a full bar.

2410 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

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